USAAAB: The Big Winner
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Jordan Payton
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Posted Jan 7, 2012
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San Antonio, Texas - Sure the East / West format of the Army All-American Bowl makes for bragging rights across the country, but the real winners happen with the verbal commitments during the game. Who was the day's big winner?

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The East vs. West format of the Army All-American game make for some good regional rivalries between fans and players alike, but the real winners are the teams who add players to their commitment lists as they announce during the game.

While the West beat the East 24-12 on the field, the day's real winner was Cal who picked up commitments on national television from 4-Star wide receiver Jordan Payton, 5-Star defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy, and 5-Star safety Shaquille Thompson.

The Golden Bears moved from just outside of the Top 25 at No. 28 into a tie with South Carolina for a Top 10 recruiting class. As good as the day was for Cal, it could have been even better. Most Scout analysts expect 5-Star lineman Arik Armstead, who played defensive line in the Army All-American Bowl, to eventually sign with Cal.

A darkhorse pick for having the best day would be Louisville. If we're simply talking the number of spots moved, Louisville moved the most. The Cardinals got commitments from a pair of 4-Star linebackers in Keith Brown and Nick Dawson. Brown has had rotten luck picking schools. He was previously committed to Miami, but changed to Illinois after the bad press in the fall, then changed from the Illini after Ron Zook had been fired.

There are a host of teams bunched together in the Top 10, and the big mover was Florida who added a 5-Star defensive lineman in Jonathan Bullard to move into the Top 5 and settle in at No. 4.

Miami added its 29th and 30th commitments of the Class of 2012 in 4-Star safety Deon Bush and 4-Star outside linebacker Tyriq McCord.

Notre Dame finished the day at No. 7 after physical safety Elijah Shumate picked the Irish.

On the whole, the day belonged to the Cal Bears. Despite the national perception that USC has gotten past its NCAA sanctions, the reality is, this is the first class the Trojans are signing limited by its 30 scholarship reductions. Cal is pouncing on the void left in the Golden State and has a Top 10 Class currently, and the Golden Bears aren't done.

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Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.
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